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Report: Ichiro Suzuki to retire Thursday after Mariners’ game in Tokyo
Masterpress/Getty Images (TOKYO) -- Ichiro Suzuki is said to be retiring Thursday after nearly two decades in the MLB.ESPN has confirmed that the 45-year-old right fielder told the Seattle Mariners of his plans to leave the sport after the team’s game against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo.Suzuki exited Thursday’s game in the eighth inning. He waved to the crowd in his native Japan, receiving a standing ovation, and hugged his teammates.He finished the game 0-for-4, grounding out in his final at-bat.Since making his MLB debut in 2001, Suzuki has amassed a .311 batting average with 3,089 hits, 117 home runs,...
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Wrestling coach accused of picking player up by neck during tournament
Tammy Fullum/iStock (PITTSBURGH) -- A wrestling coach is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a player at a junior competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A witness captured video of Eric Angle, 51, allegedly picking a young wrestler up by the neck and tossing him to the floor during the 2019 Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships at the University of Pittsburgh on March 16. Steve Hoover, chairperson of Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling, the organization that hosted the competition, confirmed the authenticity of the video to ABC News. He said the alleged victim is between 11 and 12 years old. If this is what coach...
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NFL player credits car cam app for catching alleged thief ‘red handed’
ABC (NEW YORK) -- When Carolina Panthers fullback Alex Armah is on the field, his main job is to fight through tackles. He didn’t expect to be doing that to a stranger breaking into his car.The 24-year-old NFL player, who comes in at 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, recently purchased the Owl Car Cam for his Dodge Charger. It’s a cloud-based security camera with a subscription service.The camera, which mounts on the car’s dashboard, has both inward and outward facing cameras, like similar products on the market, and connects to an app. The app alerts the user’s phone if the user’s vehicle...
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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/20/19
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALLFirst FourEASTN. Dakota St. 78, NC Central 74WESTArizona St. 74, St. John's 65NIT TOURNAMENTNorfolk St. 80, Alabama 79Xavier 78, Toledo 64Harvard 71, Georgetown 68Wichita St. 76, Furman 70TCU 82, Sam Houston St. 69Nebraska 80, Butler 76CIT TOURNAMENTGreen Bay 102, ETSU 94Presbyterian 73, Seattle 68OT Texas Southern 95, New Orleans 89Rio Grande 74, Grambling St. 73CBI TOURNAMENTDePaul 100, Cent. Michigan 86Brown 83, UAB 78Coastal Carolina 81, Howard 72OT South Florida 82, Stony Brook 79Longwood 90, Southern Miss. 68West Virginia 77, Grand Canyon 63Loyola Marymount 56, California Baptist 55MAJOR...
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will reject plea deal on solicitation of prostitution charges: Source
Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images (PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is planning to reject a deferred prosecution agreement that would not require him to plead guilty to any charges surrounding his visits to a Florida spa in January that was under investigation for sex trafficking and prostitution, a source close to Kraft told ABC News on Wednesday.The decision to reject the deal is consistent with Kraft's only public comment about his visits to the spa.When his name first surfaced last month in connection with the investigation, his spokeswoman,...
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Giants CEO Larry Baer will not be charged for fight with wife
Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images (SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has declined to press charges against a San Francisco Giants executive who was caught on video in an argument with his wife earlier this month. Larry Baer, the Giants' CEO, is currently on leave from his position -- a decision he announced in the wake of the video being aired by TMZ. In the video, Baer can be seen arguing with his wife in a public park in San Francisco on March 1 and then attempting to grab a cellphone from her hand.Baer's wife, Pam, falls out of...
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Kobe Bryant discusses his new young adult novel, life after winning an Oscar
Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- Kobe Bryant has conquered the basketball court, and has successfully taken on the film industry by winning the 2018 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Now, the MVP has his eyes set on a brand new venture: children's books.Bryant has released his first book, a young adult novel titled, The Wizenard Series: Training Camp, which follows a group of young male basketball players and their struggling inner-city basketball team.Kobe tells ABC Radio that the idea for his book came from his love of two things: Harry Potter and basketball."We're a big Harry...
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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/19/19
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEPittsburgh 3, Detroit 1Chi Cubs 6, Seattle 4Texas 3, Milwaukee 2Cincinnati 6, Chi White Sox 5Kansas City 8, Chi Cubs 6LA Angels 9, Colorado 7Cleveland 4, LA Dodgers 2Philadelphia at Houston 1:05 p.m., canceledAMERICAN LEAGUENY Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 2Toronto at Boston 1:05 p.m., canceledMinnesota at Baltimore 1:05 p.m., canceledNATIONAL LEAGUEWashington 3, Atlanta 2San Diego 4, Arizona 3NY Mets at Miami 1:05 p.m., canceledNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONPhiladelphia 118, Charlotte 114Houston 121, Atlanta 105Milwaukee 115, L.A. Lakers 101Golden State 117, Minnesota 107Brooklyn 123, Sacramento 121L.A. Clippers 115, Indiana 109NATIONAL...
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Deferred prosecution deal offered to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in solicitation of prostitution case
Kevin Winter/Getty Images (PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is being offered a deferred prosecution agreement in which he would not face prosecution and not be required to plead guilty to any charges surrounding his visits to a Florida spa in January that was under investigation for sex trafficking and prostitution, a prosecutor in the case announced on Tuesday.Kraft is facing two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions earlier this year and paying for sexual favors...
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Report: Angels, Mike Trout close to finalizing largest deal in sports history
Allen Kee / ESPN Images (LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout are said to be close to finalizing an extension that would make the center fielder’s contract the largest one in professional sports history.Sources tell ESPN the deal would be for 12 years and worth more than $430 million.If the deal is completed, Trout, 27, will get nearly $36 million a year, besting Zack Greinke's yearly average of $34.4 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks.The total sum of the reported contract is also more than 30 percent larger than Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal with the Philadelphia...
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